Commodore Perry Liston autobiography

Commodore Perry Liston autobiography

Dates: 1877

Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typescript. The item is a ten-page autobiography of Commodore Perry Liston. Also included is an index to the item. Liston describes how he was born in Ohio in 1821 and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in 1851. He came to Utah in 1852 and moved to Cedar City. He was present at Mountain Meadows in 1857 when the Fancher Train was destroyed. He thought "there were some good people among them, consequently I did oppose Killing them. I did not have anything to do with it," he added, "and my life was at Stake for refusing, but the Lord showed me my way and I walked it and he preserved me." He worked with the Indians in 1857 and moved to Pinto, Utah, in 1861, and served as a missionary for the Mormon Church from 1866-1868. He moved to St. George, Utah, around 1869.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Liston, Commodore Perry, 1821-1877
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3109
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Commodore Perry Liston autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 3109; Commodore Perry Liston autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3109, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This item was photocopied from reel 5 of the 920 microfilm collection.
Subject Terms
Home and Family; Social Life and Customs; Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857; Mormon missionaries; Mormon pioneers; Indians of North America--Utah; Indians of North America--Arizona; Saint George (Utah)--History; Salt Lake City (Utah)--History; Cedar City (Utah); Liston, Commodore Perry, 1821-1877
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Liston (Commodore Perry) autobiography
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Amy Perez
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-11-02 12:37:47 -0700.
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Biographical History

Commodore Perry Liston (1821-1877) was a Mormon pioneer in Utah.

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